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As a mom to young kids, I’m fairly new to the world of public schools as a parent. I’ve learned over the last year that there are a lot of things that are great about our schools, like caring teachers and awesome administrators. I’ve also learned and seen first-hand how underfunded schools can be, and what that means for our kids.
Last year, I joined our PTA program, and also our Technology Committee. One of our primary goals on the PTA was to raise funds for the Technology Committee. Lead by our enthusiastic principal, the committee was working to identify the technology our school needed, and find a way to get it into the hands of our students.
It was a big task. Our k-5 school is small compared to many others with right around 500 kids. However, having not previously making technology a priority, and the lack of funds from the district, our school was far behind the times.
The technology available was limited to a small lab with Chromebooks and a few resources in the library. No Smart Boards, no tablets, no in classroom technology to speak of at all. In a digital world, it’s a simply ridiculous to send kids to school and not have the technological resources to teach them to function in the real world.
During the 2014-2015 school year, the PTA facilitated the collection of Box Tops and earned about $1500! That money was donated to the Technology Fund and helped to purchase equipment. With a three-year plan in place, the Technology Committee has our school on track to be outfitted with the necessary technology to keep our students on pace with their peers around the city, and the rest of the nation.
None of our schools are funded as well as parents and teachers would like them to be. But you can help, and it won’t cost you a cent. Now that I’ve told you my personal experience with Box Tops, let me tell you a bit more about the program so you can help make a difference in your school.
What are Box Tops?
I’ve already told how how collecting Box Tops for Education is a great way to support your school. Box Tops is one of America’s largest school earnings loyalty programs, with over 80,000 k-8 schools participating. In fact, Box Tops for Education has contributed over $525 million to participating schools since the launch of the program in 1996! That’s a lot of Box Tops!
The great thing about it is that your school can use the cash earned from the Box Tops program to purchase anything they need. It’s up to the school to decide to put the funds toward books, technology, even field trips or special events!
How to Earn Box Tops
Stock up on back-to-school basics and must-haves like granola bars and cereal. You’ll be earning Box Tops like a super star in no time! These specially-marked products will earn you 5 box tops instead of 1! That’s 50-cents for each product you buy!
Are you a Box Top Collector?
One of the easiest ways to collect and organize Box Tops is with collection sheets. There are tons available at the Box Tops site. You can choose from generic or seasonal sheets. I get my kids involved with the cutting and taping or gluing. It’s good skills practice for them, but it’s also a way of showing them that our family values education. Supporting our schools is important!